Frozen cookie dough is so easy, convenient, especially when you can have those hot little cookies in your paws in no time, right? I know it definitely makes my husband and family happy to have a sweet treat quickly to satisfy their cookie monster addictions!
By making your own cookie dough at home, you can save money, time and convenience by planning ahead and freezing your own cookie dough yourself for a quick treat, for upcoming parties and of course, Christmas.
You can make cookie doughs one day and then take another day for the best part: baking, decorating and eating! 🙂
Did you know most cookie dough freezes safely for up to 6 months? Most frozen cookies will need an extra minute or two in the oven. Otherwise, prepping and baking the cookies is exactly the same as in the recipe , except they go straight to the freezer until ready to use.
3 Basic Types of Cookies for Freezing:
Chunky Cookies - like chocolate chip or oatmeal raisin cookies!
- These freeze best if you portion out the dough ahead of time by scooping out the dough just as if you were about to bake them, but you freeze them instead.
- Place cookie dough balls on a cookie sheet with parchment paper and let them freeze up to 30 minutes. You can make them drop or cookie-scooped cookies and once frozen, the balls of cookie dough gets put into a freezer zip-lock bag and back to the freezer until you're ready to bake. Then grab 1 or 6 or 12 when you need to satisfy your cookie fix, like the cookie monster you are! (We have quite a few right here in the house!)
Slice-and-Bake Cookies - like shortbread or sandies!
- These get pressed and molded into logs, wrapped in wax paper, and put into the freezer. After they are taken out of the freezer, they can be crumbly, so let them warm for a few minutes before slicing and baking.
- If you can plan ahead, letting the logs thaw in the fridge for a few hours works really well.
Cut-out Cookies - like sugar or holiday cookies you can decorate!
- These can be frozen, by placing them on a cookie sheet with parchment paper and let them freeze up to 30 minutes.
- Once frozen, put them in a freezer zip-lock bag and place back in the freezer. When ready to bake, thaw until pliable and continue with the recipe.
Prep ahead and get ahead of the game for a bake sale, upcoming holiday treats, when company stops by, gift for a sick friend or your kids away at college. There are a million reasons why you can prep ahead, because eating cookies always makes the world a happier place.